• Paige Barker

Page 17: The God of Your Small Dreams Part 2

I know I've been MIA for a bit and posting inconsistently lately, but life has been a whirlwind, let me tell ya. I'm learning to navigate a full-time job, family, friendships, dating (yikes), health stuff, traveling and serving at church all at once in a new way. And it's a lot. I'm learning how to keep a healthy balance with all of it while pursuing the dreams God has given me - which is what I believe this blog is: a dream God has given me. And it's no longer a dream; it's a reality. So thank you for being patient with me. :)

With that said, I wanted to hop on here real quick and tell you a story that I believe will encourage you on this St. Patrick's Day Sunday (can you believe it's already the middle of March?!). I'm typing this at the airport patiently waiting for my flight to board.

Last year I put on my dream board to visit one of my dear friends in Belgium in October 2019. By the time 2019 came, it seemed impossible due to some uncontrollable circumstances, so I just told myself I would put it on my dream board for 2020 because I could make it happen by then. BUT GOD.

About two weeks ago I realized I had vacation days at work that needed to be used by the end of March, so my boss told me to take a week off. I began looking at different options: a staycation in a cute Airbnb in Dallas or Nashville. As I was about to book my Airbnb in Nashville, I remembered that my friend has been able to get cheap flights to Belgium before. I researched flights to Belgium and found one for really cheap on a great airline (because flying on a great airline matters people). I walked downstairs, looked at my mom and said, "I have the craziest idea. I think I'm going to go to Belgium for my week off." She was in full support and encouraged me to go because this is the time of my life to make spontaneous trips like this. I messaged my friend to get her thoughts, and of course, she was on board for it. I booked my flight to Belgium... ten days before leaving.

So, I'M GOING TO BELGIUM! God is oh so good to us. Two weeks ago I wasn't even thinking of Belgium because it seemed impossible. But today I am at the airport -- with tears in my eyes and chills all over my body because God's goodness is unfathomable -- headed to Belgium for seven days. God works in mysteriously wonderful ways. God made way for one of my dreams to come true, and to come true SOONER than I initially desired.

Also, the price of my flight cost me LESS than my Airbnb and transportation for Nashville.

Only God.

Let this encourage you today. No matter the dreams and desires in your heart, big or small, God KNOWS, and He knows the best timing for them. God will make a way in the impossible; it's His specialty. I couldn't have asked for this even if I wanted to. God really is the God of Ephesians 3:20, y'all.

"...How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God! Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you." Ephesians 3:18-20 (emphasis added)

P.S. I'll eat waffles and chocolate for you, and I'll bring you back pictures :)